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In the previous sections of this guide, we have considered methods of ensuring that searches on a target phrase maximize the possibility of finding the

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tconcept
that the system user requires. It is equally important to prevent the search results from containing excessive matches, since these will require filtering by the user, imposing an additional burden. Some strategies for limiting the number of search results displayed are discussed in the following sub-sections.

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In many instances several

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tsynonyms
associated with the same
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tconcept
contain the same keyword
Specref
RefTypefield
tKeyword
. The designer of search software may consider filtering the output of search results so that only the first matching
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tdescription
for a
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tconcept
is displayed.

Example:

"Endoscopic examination of the stomach" and "endoscopy of the stomach" are

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tsynonyms
of the same
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tconcept
. A search for the target phrase "endo* stomach" would return the first phrase found during the search. The second would be excluded, since it has the same
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tconcept identifier
as an existing match for this search.

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  • Limiting searches to exact matches unless wild cards are used. A search on a single word may produce many matches if it is assumed that the user is searching for any phrase that contains the target word. Forcing the use of wild cards for this kind of search can help avoid this problem.
  • Make searches that include use of " " a
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    tword equivalents
     a user configurable option that can be used to extend or constrain a search.
  • Display search results a few at a time, with most frequently used
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    tdescriptions
    listed first. This option will require the application to track the frequency of
    Specref
    RefTypefield
    tterm
    selection so that search results can be sorted in this way.